Well now its actually not been bad for the first day or two of December, just minus 2 or 3c with a few flurries. However quite a bit of freezing rain in with it just north of us (and a few other places in SW Ont) left many folks without power overnight due to downed hydro lines. Busy making sure batteries are charged and flashlights and lanterns are hand in case its our turn next. Such blackout are not uncommon during winter months, had a short one this morning before dawn when some driver not yet ready for ice n snow on roads spun out into a pole ....ouch!
A bit colder than us then. I still have not got our heating fixed up. Still using electric heaters. Problem is now I have "retired" Mr Daisy feels I am his chauffer and at the ready 24/7 Unless he stops asking for a ride into town and back at the drop of a hat I can not get anything done to complete work needed to get an LPG boiler in and running.
i don't think there has been one day since september where it haven't rained at least a little bit.
i was sure i posted on here t'other week about local flooding. either i did and the post evaporated or i dreamt i did it.
so short version. roads flooded. town park flooded. building site next to canal (where they are building more shops) flooded.
the park where i (now so very occasionly cos; work) volunteer with the wildlife trust, was under water, so a week later we were recovering the logs that had lined the footpath from half way across the woods where they floated, and the ponds are now actually full!
and now, the frost. oh so pretty but oh so annoying scraping the car in the morning.
The wind, an easterly, is decidedly chilly. There's some warmth in the sun if you can get out of the wind though. Are we in for a bit of a Siberian blast? I read the UK is in for some snow and all it brings. Brrrr... indeed.
I noticed a distinct lack of cows in the fields on today's walk. I wondered if the farmers bring them in if they think we're in for snow.
Just that the world is so crap lately that the posts are not so easy coming....
Yep, January is an odd month at the best of times, and this isn't the best of times. UK in the doldrums, Australia burning down, missiles in the middle east... to paraphrase Mr Dury, reasons to be cheerful 0 0 0
Still, whilst there is music and laughter then let's face it and dance!
Flurries and snow squalls ending this afternoon then a mix of sun and cloud with 60 percent chance of flurries. Local blowing snow this morning. Local amount 2 to 4 cm. Wind northwest 40 km/h gusting to 60 diminishing to 20 gusting to 40 this afternoon. Temperature falling to minus 9 this afternoon. Wind chill near minus 19.
Think I will curl up in front of the fire with the dog.......
We have a vicious countywide storm at present. Storm Brendan. Have to trick doggie into venturing out of the back door with treats …… He wees and poos in double quick time and you need to stand well back as he races back in through the door at warp speed!
Have to trick doggie into venturing out of the back door with treats ……
Ahh yes, training with treats but who is training who LOL. Nikki is generally a quite well behaved dog, sitting quietly with a 'let me out look' when she has to 'go' followed up by a nudge with her nose if ignored, a single yip is issued to 'let me back in'. But put supper on the table without first giving her her evening bickkie and OMG, laps around the table, feet up on he who dares to sit down before reaching in the bickkin box, in and out of the kitchen if too slow getting food to table..... As I said above wonder who is training who BUT after some 40 years with a series of 5 'companions' I would find it very hard to do without.
Loverly sunny morning here and a balmy minus 18 C to start, think I will wait a little while before I go out to clear the snow that I should have done yesteday when it was closer to 0C but must get it done before forcast major winter storm arrives with 6" of white with strong winds and closed roads..... Ah yes the joys of Canadian winter ......is it spring yet?
Update, seems I have little to complain about our distant cousins in NFLD are getting a pounding that even they have not seen in decades.......
Post by thesentientpasty on Jan 19, 2020 13:09:02 GMT
And now, the good news. I was driving up the M74 yesterday and realised, with hope springing in my heart, that the sunset was a good twenty minutes later than it had been a month ago. It's early days, but we did it.
The days are getting longer. We've survived another solstice, and are coming out the other side!
And now, sat in the kitchen with the sun on my back, a tea in my hand, and the kitten destroying the rug, I know all is going to be ok. Roll on Spring!
Will this bloody rain ever stop? WE are soggy underfoot here but thankfully spared the flooded houses that many have suffered. Having difficulty in remembering a sunny day...
Looking at your rainfall totals across GB our little bit of snow almost seems like a blessing, its been cold but not frigid, had light snow but no major dumps, and last couple of days sunny and just above freezing. All in all a pretty easy winter in our local area but central and eastern Canada cannot say the same with major cold and snow across some areas so I am not complaining too loudly about having not had to blow the drive more than 6 or 8 times all winter....so far. BUT 6" forcast for Thur/Fri .....perhaps?
I read that you're in for snow next... it never rains eh?
We were in South Wales last week for a funeral, in Llanelli to be precise. Oddly, whilst there was some rain, in was nothing like the biblical amounts that hit other areas. In fact, I had some really nice early morning walks on the beach. I miss the sea (we live about as far from it as one can get, so it's a rare treat for me) I love the smell, the 'sea-moisture'* in the air, the cry of the gulls and curlew, the crunching of little shells on the sand.... why do I live so far from the sea!!
* 'sea-moisture' as opposed to simply damp air. We can plenty of damp (and cold!) air here but we don't get that salty freshness that sea air has.
The crossing on the ferry back to Dieppe on Sunday was interesting. Everyone kept going on about 'Storm Ellen' thinking it was due when in fact what was being reported was only the name - some people do not read/listen! There were high winds that made the crossing a bit rolling (swells rather than choppy seas) but I've certainly experienced worse and they weren't gale force winds.
And on the subject of upcoming storms, these are (I'm reliabley informed) the names assigned for the next ones....
E - Ellen F - Francis G - Greda H - Hugh I - Iris J - Jan K - Kitty L - Liam M - Maura N - Noah O - Olivia P - Piet R - Róisín S - Samir T - Tara V - Vince W - Willow
My wife wants to know why no U? (because she's a U)
The reason this isn’t called Storm Ellen is that it was named by the Spanish meteorological service, where the storm originated.
If another storm needs to be named by the Met Office, Met Éireann or KNMI (the Dutch national weather forecasting service), all of whom work together, it will be Storm Ellen.
Storm Jorge, however, was named by Spain’s AEMET, and convention holds that other national meteorological services will follow the name to avoid confusion.
"avoid confusion"... so there we have it. It's confusing to avoid confusion. Next week, we rename Coronavirus to Spanish flu. I blame BoJo, Cummings and Brexit.
Edit: so it's Jorge pronounced not as in English (George) but as in Spanish - something like 'hor-hay'. Can't we just skip naming storms? I'm finding it all just a bit too much. Storm Bastard for all of them works just fine for me.
Can't we just skip naming storms? I'm finding it all just a bit too much. Storm Bastard for all of them works just fine for me.
I would tell you the name I just called our latest winter donation but its rather lengthy and not 'polite', as I let the dog out for her morning constitutional she all but disappeared under a layer of white shit (and she is about 24" to her shoulders). Suffice to say that my previous post saying that we had an 'easy' winter has just been rather optimistic, that the white shit is still falling and radio just told me that 'up to 50cm' (think I already got that some spots as the dog can confirm) could be expected before it all ends just puts the icing on the cake (or at least more white stuff to driveway )
Think I know what I am doing once it all stops, hope I can remember where I left the tractor cos may need to shovel my way to find it.....
When I left off on this thread I was moaning about our major dumping of snow which did indeed continue the following day and built to the point where I HAD to get out and clear it before it was too much for my little (by the standards of neighbouring farm equipment of 3 or 400hp) tractor. It was a struggle getting out the drive the first time and had to back up and 'giveher' a few times, once first path out was established it was a little easier but still took me 6 or 8 trips in and out over the course of the next hour and a half to get it down to a dull roar. That however was not the end of the saga as further clean up needed was left for following day (1.5hrs enough o that for one day for this old fellow) .... so out again jumped up on tractor (after clearing freshly fallen snow from said tractor) and turned key...... nothing!! checked controls in neutral, got power, clutch in etc etc..still nothing ...Fk and other expressions of frustration. Called son and told him you are cleaning with walk behind blower, I will get our spare working..... long story there also but suffice to say now parts sitting on bench and son did it all.
Next day trouble shooting tractor, yep no power to starter and some controls, check safety (they are great for idiot driver but a pain in the arse when things go tilt) no luck finding problem but still bloody cold out so not conducive to checking stuff without mitts on. Gave up n said fk it look at it come spring but back and shovelmay get a work out if more white, now today its WARM, well warm by Canadian winter standards at PLUS 5 so out to do further trouble shooting. Not getting very far when tried the key again and lo and behold it cranked and started (once warmed up whith block heater)...... something was frozen with snow build up but all going now that no snow forcast for at least the next week......
Ahhhhhhh that feel better ....... but still dont want your rain guys!
I would not wish our rain on anyone Kanuck. Some poor folks were flooded out a couple of years ago and now find themselves flooded again. Insurance companies will not touch them and try selling that house now. I really feel for them.
Yes, me too. It's an awful situation to be in, and one that few (in high positions) seem to really care enough about to actually do anything tangible. It's damning them to a life of misery, and often poverty. I know I sound (perhaps) overly dramatic with that but it is a real situation for some - one to which the response from on-high seems to be little more than 'bad luck'
They are being Dammed to everything you say Edgar. Not overdramatic at all. Bad enough that some of these places have flooded once but it is happening multiple times now. Also places that have never flooded before are becoming at risk or worse due to housing being built on floodplains. Provision may be made to keep them dry but the next poor sod down the road then gets it... Lunacy.